Folk Dance Ensemble "CENTRO DE TRADICOES GAUCHAS GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI"
Artistic director of Ensemble – Gustavo Dutra Bastos
Historical period: The Gaucho dances are some of the oldest Brazilian Popular Dances. They originated in Spain in the middle of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Traditional gaucho dances particularity: Traditional Gaucho dances are legitimate expressions of "gauchesca" soul. In all of them there is the spirit of nobility and respect for women, which has always characterized the peasant Rio Grandense. All of them allow the Gaucho to go beyond its impressive theatricality.
Ensemble perform this dances:
“Biriva”: Dance where the dancers, each with large knives, cadence the music with precise beats, demanding a lot of skill, dexterity and precision.
“Chula”: Only male dance in which the dancers show their choreographic skills through movements, on one side and the other side of a wooden rod, placed properly on the ground.
Instruments: 3 Guitar, (Is an acoustic guitar with nylon or steel strings), 1 Bagpipe, 1 “Cajon” (Cajon is a percussion instrument that resembles a wooden box).
Soloist: Fabiano Dias
Folk Dance Ensemble „SIEPAKAT"
Artistic Director of Ensemble – Heidi Kultanen
| Siepakat is a folk dance and music ensemble from Rovaniemi Finland. Siepakat was founded in 1977 and is celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2017. Currently Siepakat consists of 12 dance and 5 music groups. Altogether there are about 200 dancers and musicians whose ages range from three-year-olds to seniors. Siepakat ensemble employs executive director, two dance teachers and two music teachers.
The main objective of Siepakat is to transfer the folkloristic traditions to younger generations. Other core values are tolerance, consideration of others and internationality. In addition to national performances, the groups perform abroad on a yearly basis. Siepakat has travelled around the world, mainly in Europe but also to places like Australia, Malaysia, USA, Canada, Thailand, Mexico and South Korea.
The representative dance group is called Siepakat and it consists of young dancers in their late teens and early twenties. At the moment there are 10 dancers in the group: 5 boys and 5 girls. On a regular basis, the group practices three times a week. In addition the group practices approximately one weekend a month. Most of the dancers in the group started their hobby before school age, so the group has been together for over 15 years. For many of them, this is why folk dance is so much more than just a hobby.
Folk Dance Ensemble JDK „SKALBE“
Artistic director of the group / ensemble – Liene Liniņa
| Youth folk dance group „Skalbe“ is one of the amateur art group that is representing Latvia University of Agriculture, city Jelgava.
„Skalbe“ was established in 1991 and last year we were celebrated 25 years. Our motto "We love to dance!" Clearly show the emotions which we have and also give in concerts Latvian towns and villages. In these years we are participating in different concerts in University, regional events in Latvia, Latvian Nationwide Song and Dance Festival and Baltic States students Song and Dance Festival „Gaudeamus”. In the summer of 2013 participate in international folk festival „Vōru” in Estonia. In last summer participate in The 15th international folk festival „EUROFOLK – ZAMOŚĆ 2016”.
Generally „Skalbe“ repertoire consists of Latvian folk dances and stage choreographies of famous Latvian choreographers. Practically all dances are based on Latvian ethnography - dance steps and ornaments include ancient spirit of Latvian mythology. Usually Latvian folk dances frame scenes of casual, daily activities – house works which were done in times when Latvians worked in fields, grown their own grain and made their own clothes. There are also dances just for men or women but generally dances are ornamental pair dances - approximate 4-8 pairs on stage.
Together with the songs and dances, national costumes demonstrate Latvia's cultural heritage to the world. The Latvian national costume is basically the traditional festive outfit of peasants, craftsmen, fishermen, and other ordinary folk as worn in the 19th century, approximately up to the 1870s. Each region of Latvia developed its own traditions regarding costumes.
„Skalbe“ as a typical student's dance group presents their joy of living and energy. Students have met in Jelgava from all the regions of Latvia to learn, dance, sing, fall in love - just enjoy their lives. Dancers say: “Dancing - it is not just an activity, but as a kind of dependence and collective - is clearly a family!”
Folk Dance Ensemble "COMPAÑIA CORAZONES QUE DANZAN"
Artistic directors – Magali Cuéllar, Mario Gaytán
| The history of the Company began in 2004 under the direction of the graduate Magali Cuéllar Martínez and Professor Mario Cesar Gaytán Ortiz, with the aim of bringing children from Mexico to the country 's popular - traditional dance performances in a propositional stage production In the field of Mexican folk dance.
The project was undertaken in a primary school in the state of Mexico and grew into an independent academy, which today is attended by more than 80 students organized in groups of beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Currently the Company has two segments: small hearts that are children from 5 to 12 years and young hearts from 13 to 23 years, among them are some of the first members.
In addition to specific instruction in Mexican folkloric dance, the members of the Company receive jazz, ballet and body language classes. The stage work is carried out with students of all levels who are interested in its development in this field.
It is worth mentioning that it was precisely the enthusiasm and the delivery on the stage of that first generation, who when they were children, inspired the directors to define the name of the group. Such spirit has been maintained and is the distinctive characteristic that coupled with the youth of the members makes "Hearts that Dance" an unforgettable experience for the spectators.
Folk Dance and Song Ensemble „INA"
Artistic director - Zbigniew Lukaszewski
,,INA" - the Song and Folk Dance Group of the District of Goleniow presented itself in the public for the first time in September 1993. From the beginning of its existence ,,INA" has been working in The House of the
Culture in Goleniow. „INA“ consist of over 100 members (4 dancing groups and band). They both get to know Polish traditions and the folk culture.
Not only does the proglam of ,,INA" consist of many dances, songs and folk couplets from various regions of Poland but also Christmas carols and The program of the adults group ,,lna": Polonaise, dances from Szamotuly, dances from Lubartow, dances from Rzeszow, dance spectacle "Kulig staropolski""
So far, the group has performed 600 concerts in Poland and abroad.
,,INA" has had 69 tours abroad e.g. to Latvia, France, Lithuania, Turkey, Denmark, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Serbia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Slovakia, Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Finland, Portugal and Germany.
Recent festivals in Europe: 1st place on Dance CUP Competition, Löcknitz (Germany) in 2002, 2005, 2010. In 2013, Rainlender dance competition in Estonia two pairs of „INA“ took respectively first and second place. In 2013 at the International Folk Festival in Kunowice (Czech Republic) band „INA“ has received from the bands flrst place and the title of laureate of the festival.
„INA“ is a member of CIOFF.
Folk Ensemble "GRUPO ETNOGRÁFICO DE AREOSA"
Artistic Director – Flávio Cruz
President – Alberto Rego
| The „Grupo Etnográfico de Areosa Viana do Castelo” founded in 1966, is a cultural association that preserves and divulges the traditions, uses and customs of Viana’s region.
The Group has been working in the field of ethnographic investigation, cultural preservation, exhibition and teaching of Viana’s costumes, dances and songs.
Teaching the various traditional handcrafts is also part of its work.
Areosa’s richest costumes, worn by the Group, are faithful to those dressed in the late XIX century and early XX century. They are hand woven, and the intricate embroideries on the skirts, shirts and waist coats are handmade.
It is in Areosa that we can find “the most vibrant of the traditional costumes from Viana do Castelo” since the costumes have the same strength and the same liveliness as the dances and the traditional tunes. The aprons and the scarves, the embroideries on the small vests and on the striped skirts, and the different colours of the costumes, are mirrors of the souls of those who have imagined them and have handmade them.
The Group plays, sings and dances 15 different songs which were popular among the village people. Each dance has its own choreography. The sea, the river, the streams, the mountain and the lowlands of the village have moulded its folklore.
The Ethnographic Group of Areosa is an ambassador of the Portuguese culture which keeps the traditions related to the material and immaterial patrimony of the region and turns them into a project with future.
The Group is a member of the Associação de Grupos Folclóricos do Alto Minho (a local folklore association), CIOFF Portugal (International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts) and its President (Alberto Rego) is a FIDAF European representative (Federation of International Dance Festivals).
Folk Dance Ensemble „VENZELYA“
Artistic director – Larisa Alekseeva
| Penza city choreographic ensemble „Venzelya“ was founded in 1934. Since 1983 ensemble has been headed by honored worker of culture of the Russian Federation Larisa Alekseeva. Now there are 40 dancers in group. They are boys and girls from 17 to 30 years old. The ensemble has presented over 50 dances, most of them are folk dances of different regions of Russia, such as Penza, Tambov, Smolensk, Bryansk, Belgorod, Astrakhan regions and others. Choreographic forms are also varied: round dance, quadrille, competition dance „pereplyas“ etc.
The programe of the ensemble involves mass dances with 16 and more dancers („Penzenskaya Poulochnaya“, female round dance „Perezvony“, „Don Cossacks Dance“ etc), small group dances with 5-8 dancers (female competition dance on the bench „Lavochka“, „Tambourine Dance”, Jesting Dance „Siskin“ etc), and also duet dances („Smolensky Gusachok“, „Polka with claps and whistles“ etc).
All the dances are performed to the accompaniment by the Russian folk orchestra of 5 musicians: 2 accordions, 1 balalaika-prima, 1 balalaika-base and drums. The musicians can also play traditional instruments such as xylophone, horn, penny-trumpet, tambourine, harmonica.
For each peace choreographic ensemble „Venzelya” has original bright authentic costumes showing the character of the dance and regional features of Russian folk costumes.
„Venzelya“ performs in lots of concerts at regional, national and international levels. „Venzelya“ had concerts in Italy (1990, 1992, 2001, 2011), Greece (1991), Germany (1991, 1993), India (1994), Canada (1995), Spain (1999), France and Holland (2001), North Korea (2007, 2009), South Africa (2008), Peru (2009).
A high regard is given to „Venzelya“ by professional ballet masters and dance teachers in Russia for its bright and original style. The ensemble is a participant and the winner in many prestigious contests and festivals in Russia.
In 2013 the artistic director of ensemble „Venzelya“ Larisa Alekseeva is awarded the award of the Government of the Russian Federation „Soul of Russia” for the contribution to the development of Russian folk art.
In 2015 choreographic ensemble “Venzelya” is awarded the honorary title “Honored Folk Art Group” by the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation.
Folk Ensemble „TOPĽAN“
Pavol ŠVAČ Pavol, Miriam ELIAŠOVÁ
Leader of singers - Janka KOREŇOVÁ
Leader of musicians – Peter ZAJAC
Dance pedagoger – Tatiana ŠVAČOVÁ
| The folklore ensemble „TOPĽAN“ was established in 1973 years as group named „KOŽIAR“. Two years later, in 1975, group changed its name – „TOPĽAN“. It works in town Giraltovce – situated in eastern part of Slovakia.
In the beginning of group´s establishment the „TOPĽAN“ had 30 members, in these days has more than 45 members 19-20 years old.
The group consists of three components: dancing, singing and musical. Yearly has group 40 – 50 performances. The „TOPĽAN“ participated at different folklore events and festivals in Slovakia and abroad last years: Turkey (2014), Belarus (2015), Poland (2015), Serba (2016), Poland (2016).
In the group´s repertoire are songs and dances usually from regions Zemplín and Šariš:
• „Lrucena“ – lyrical slow couple dance with singing from region Šariš
• „Karička“ – typical female circle dance from region Zemplín consisting of various songs that accompany dance variations of Zemplín region
• „ľaškový“ – bottle dance presented at weddings and other important events. The dance shows the talents of the dancers who have to dance over the bottles and avoid their breaking.
• „Verbunk“ – typical male dance from region Šariš with the meaning of recruits to army. Dance consists of various steps accompanied with rhythmical beating of the legs.
• „Čardáš“ – typical pair dance rhythm. The most temperament Slovak folklore dance.
• „Šarišpolka“ – the fastest couple dance from region Šariš
The musical Instruments: 1st and 2nd violins, contrabass, cymbal, violine, accordion.
Folk Dance Ensemble of Büyükçekmece “GOLDEN BRIDGE”
Artistic director – Samet KÖLEMEN
| The main purpose of this ensemble, is to protect and improve the awareness of the self-cultur of Turkish youth, and also introduce and ingratiate the folk dances as a part of Turkish culture and life-style. The ensemble is established in 2000 and still carrying on the activities.
Folk Dance Ensemble „Golden Bridge“ has more than 200 trainee in 3 different group of ages (children, stars and adults) and is trained by leading experts graduated from conservatory.
Folk Dance Ensemble „Golden Bridge“, has represented Büyükçekmece Municipality in more than 40 national and international festivals and competitions with their dedicated hard work. Our group, became the top group of İstanbul city by winning the competition arranged by THOF 3 times in a row and represented our municipality succesfully in the finals throughout Turkey. Moreover, by joining international folk dance festivals, our group succeed in many countries such as Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, South Korea and particularly Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Also our group has represented our country successfully by coming in first, among 18 countries in Cheonan Folk Dance Festival in South Korea in 2016.
As Folk Dance Ensemble „Golden Bridge“, our mission is to provide the best service to all young in our region and improve the awareness of our country in international platforms.
Folk Ensemble „IMFA PERFORMING TROUPE“
Artistic Director of Troupe – F. Lalthanmawia
| IMFA Performing Troupe, established on January, 2004, works to preserve, promote and impart to youngsters of today the Mizo cultural heritage. The Troupe visits various places of the country presenting cultural music and dances thereby bringing about brotherhood of man in India.
The following are the brief activities of the IMFA Performing
Troupe in and outside Mizoram:
* Inter State Cultural Exchange Programme, at Goa and Himachal Pradesh, organised by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi .
* Incredible India @ New York, USA in 2007 (A programme jointly organised by Ministry of Culture & Ministry of Tourism, Government of India).
* Republic Day Folk Dance Festival, New Delhi.
* Various places in the country representing North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur.
* Various programmes held in Mizoram.
* On March 10, 2010 at Aizawl, performing Cheraw dance in the World Record-making programme.
The more popular cultural dances of the Mizo are:
Cheraw: It is a very old traditional dance of the Mizos. It is believed that the dance had already existed way back in the 1st Century AD, while the Mizos were still somewhere in the Yunan Province of China before their migration into the Chin Hills in the 13th Century AD, and eventually to the present Mizoram.
Solakia: An impressive dance originating from the Pawi and Mara communities in the southern part of Mizoram. In olden days when the different tribes were constantly at war with each other, a ceremony to derite the vanquished beheaded skull of the enemy was usually held by the victor. It is a
Khuallam: Khuallam literally means “Dance of the Guests.” A dance usually performed in the ceremony called ‘Khuangchawi.’ In order to claim a distinguished place in the society and to have a place in paradise or „Pialral“ one has to attain the coveted title of ‘Thangchhuah.’
Mizoram, land of great natural beauty and endless variety of landscape with rich flora and fauna in North East India, has been endowed with rich and vibrant cultural heritage best reflected through
Folk Dance Ensemble „CHERKASCHANKA“ of CHERKASSY BOGDAN KHMELNYTSKIY STATE UNIVERSITY
Artistic Director – Valentyn Lutsenko
Choreograher –Serhii Zakharchun
| The Folk Dance Ensemble “Cherkashchanka” is known to be one of the most prominent dance groups of Cherkashchina, which lies in the centre of Ukraine. It was founded in 1953 at the Cherkasy Pedagogical Institute students’ club.
At present, “Cherkashchanka” is a pearl and pride of Bohdan Khmelnytskyy National University at Cherkasy. The ensemble has currently 50 dancers. They are university and high school students and university alumni. Under the professional guidance of highly qualified experts the amateurs are mastering the difficult art of folk dance.
The ensemble used the best achievements of choreography, folklore, artistic traditions and the experience of leading dance groups of Ukraine in developing their own particular style of performance, polishing professional skills and techniques. Thus, choreographic compositions “A Ukrainian Lyrical Dance”, “Hopak”, “Flowers of Ukraine” have become a visiting card of the ensemble.
The repertoire is of primary concern for the managers. It basically consists of around 50 choreographic compositions and Ukrainian folk dances (“Devyatka” (“Nine”), “Kozachok”, “Panyanochky” (“Young Ladies”), “Vorota” (“Gates”), “Troyisti Muzyky” (“Trio”), “Bereznyanka”, “Holubka” (“Female Dove”) etc).
The repertoire of the ensemble has been considerably enriched for the last five years. Some new dances and compositions have been staged. Moreover, creative collaboration of “Cherkashchanka” and National State University of Culture and Arts has resulted in new projects (“On the Dnieper Slopes”, “Holy Family”, “We are Your Children, Ukraine”).
The ensemble has toured throughout Ukraine and abroad (Russia, Moldova, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Syria, former Yugoslavia, Slovenia etc).
“Cherkashchanka” has participated in the 7lh Mediterranean Folklore Dance Festival, which held in Larnaca, Cyprus. The ensemble has received awards from the organizers of the festival and gratitude to the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Cyprus.
“The ensemble is in constant search for new talents and new ways of artistic performance. The repertoire is constantly improving and developing. New concerts and tours are being planned.
Ensemble „RIPTIDE DANCE BAND“
Alden Robinson (fiddle)
Glen Loper (mandolin)
Mark "Pokey" Hellenberg (percussion)
Owen Marshall (guitar)
Nils Fredland (dance caller). Nils will not be part of the competition portion of the program.
| „Riptide“ plays traditional music for contra dances. They are one of the most energetic contra dance bands on the scene today. They love the tunes they play, and their repertoire contains literally hundreds of tunes from New England, Quebec, Ireland, Appalachia, and a few other places.
Description of Contra Dance
Contra dance is an American folk dance made up of long lines of couples. It evolved from English country dance, Scottish, and French dance styles in the 17th century, with strong African influence from the Appalachian region of the United States. Contra dance is sometimes described as New England folk dance or Appalachian folk dance. Contra dances can be found around the world. They are most popular in North America. Contra dances take place in all 50 states and in parts of Canada. Contra dancing is danced in long lines of couples or pairs.
Throughout the dance, couples progress up and down these lines, dancing with each other couple in the line. The dance is led by an instructor, called a "caller", who teaches the sequence of steps, or "figures", of each dance before the music starts. Contra dance is considered a social dance that one can attend without a partner, and it is common for dancers to dance with different partners over the course of the event.
Most contra dance bands play folk tunes from the New England and Appalachian regions of the United States, and from Ireland, Scotland, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. Most contra dance tunes follow a 64 beat format, with two sixteen beat parts repeated twice. The fiddle is considered a core instrument. The guitar, banjo, bass, piano and mandolin are also common. Music in a dance can consist of a single tune or a medley of tunes, and key changes during the course of a dance are common.
Folk Ensemble of Radviliškis Culture Centre
Artistic director – Donatas Stakvilevičius
| The Ensemble was founded in 1986. Its repertoire includes songs, dances and games of Radviliškis and North East Lithuania region Aukštaitija. Members of the group are joyful and friendly, therefore they kindly sing songs of other regions of Lithuania: Samogitia and Dzūkija.
The performers not only give concerts, take part in folk festivals, various celebrations but also organise celebrations themselves. For a number of years, the folk festival dedicated to the religious festival on Whit Sunday, entitled “I Was Grazing Pale Oxen”, hosts not only Lithuanian ensembles but also always welcomes guests from Latvia.
For over 25 years of group’s existence, many programmes reflecting calendric celebrations were created, many song festivities and international festivals were visited: “Baltica”, “Europeada”, “The Flower of the Sun”, “Atataria lamzdžiai”. The Ensemble arranges educational programmes for children and youth: summer schools, festive get-togethers.
Instrumental Group of the Folk Ensemble of Palanga Culture and Youth Centre
Artistic director – Diana Šeduikienė
|Since 1988, the Instrumental Group of the Folk Ensemble of Palanga Culture and Youth Centre “Mėguva” promotes instrumental folklore of Palanga region. Since 1997 it is being headed by Diana Šeduikienė. In the run of years, musicians were changing, the composition of the instrumental group was varying; nevertheless, the purpose always remained the same – to play traditional music of the region and enjoy it. Much experience was gained from traditional folk musicians: the repertoire, the manner of performance. Over 29 years of its activities, the ensemble successfully performed in Lithuania and abroad: Latvia, Finland, Czech Republic, Poland, France, the Ukraine, Hungary, Norway, Russia, Belgium.|
Folk Ensemble of Biržai Culture Centre
Artistic director – Jūratė Garnelienė.
| The repertoire of the Folk Ensemble “Siaudela” includes folk songs, polyphonic songs, dances and round dances of Biržai and Aukštaitija regions. Flute, horns, accordion, wooden and stone pan-flutes, basolia, drum, five-string and nine-string Baltic psalteries, fiddle, bladder fiddle and stones – these are the music instruments played with by “Siaudela” musicians. They are proud for Biržai region’s unique heritage – polyphonic songs. Two-voice, three-voice and four-voice polyphonic songs are sung. Another part of the repertoire comprises one-voice and two-voice songs, ballads, dances, instrumental pieces.
In 2001, at an international contest in Tczew (Poland) the Ensemble won the 3rd prize. In 2002, “Siaudela” was awarded for the most authentic programme. The Ensemble participated in international folk festivals in Preili (Latvia), Grodzisk (Poland), Kiev (the Ukraine); in 2016 it represented Lithuania in the “European Folk Caravan” in Spain and Portugal. Many concerts were delivered throughout Lithuania: in Nida resort town, Klaipėda city, capital city Vilnius, Kaunas city and other towns. In 2014, “Siaudela” performed in a cruise ship ISSABELLE on its way from Riga to Stockholm, arranged cruise evening for senior passengers. “Siaudela” took part in popular TV programmes. They often perform in the region and outside it. Moreover, “Siaudela” has founded and is part of the educational programme “Žaldokas’s Beer” held at Biržai Regional Museum “Sėla”. The Ensemble issued a CD album “Tasty Beer Has Been Made”.
The Folk Ensemble “Siaudela” was founded on 12 January 1998, and since then it is being headed by Jūratė Garnelienė.
Russian Folklore Ensemble
Artistic director – Snežana Prokopovič
|The title of the Ensemble has two meanings: a small boat comprising those who wish to sing olden songs, and also the fundamental holding the gate leaf. The Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2012. Three young mothers were the initiators and the fundamental in a metaphorical sense. Consequently, mothers with their children are members of the ensemble; as they sing, since early days their children get acquainted with traditional culture. Together with families of the members, “Vėrėja” collectively celebrate events, live their lives in compliance with the folk calendar. Members of the Ensemble try to recreate traditional costumes: sew shirts, sarafans, weave ribbons, make trimmings. The basis of the repertoire consists of olden Russian folk songs, also songs of Old-Believers residing in Lithuania. “Vėrėja” brought together women of different nationalities; all found their place in that small though stable boat.|
Neveronys Folk Ensemble of Kaunas district Ramučiai Culture Centre
Artistic director – Jolanta Balnytė
| The Folk Ensemble “Viešia” was founded in 1998. It comprises 27 members. Since 1999, the group is headed by Jolanta Balnytė.
The Ensemble popularises Lithuanian old traditions, songs, dances, instrumental music, polyphonic songs, culinary heritage, national costumes. The repertoire comprises materials collected in archives and expedition records made in surroundings of Neveronys. Moreover, “Viešia” performs songs of all regions of Lithuania, traditional dances and instrumental music, polyphonic songs.
When delivering concerts, members of the Ensemble wear very beautiful national costumes reflecting olden ethnographic regions of Lithuania.
Every year, the Ensemble “Viešia” takes part in various international folk festivals in Šiauliai, Kaunas, Vilnius, Jurbarkas, Panevėžys. The Ensemble gave concerts in majority of cities and towns of throughout Lithuania. Also, Lithuanian folklore was introduced to spectators in Poland, Italy.
In 2014, Lithuanian National Culture Centre repeatedly awarded the Folk Ensemble “Viešia” with the 1st category.